Did he just say that?

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We have all been there. That moment when our friend or coworker makes the most abrasive comment about something while standing right next to a person you think will be completely offended. We have also all been there when someone says something out loud that everyone was thinking, but no one dares mumble.

When it happens to someone else we wait in anticipation for the reaction, slowly walk away, quickly change the subject, or in rare cases, we try to defend someone who can most likely take care of themselves. Since when have we the American people been unable to say what we think?

Since when is it so damning for us to hold an opinion that isn’t the same as everyone else? Since when are we the people who spend our days walking on eggshells and whispering what we believe to be true while silently accepting those things we do not agree with? Since when is “Social Acceptance” more important than anything else?

When I was growing up, we had a saying “sometimes you just have to call a spade a spade” meaning sometimes you just have to tell it like it is. While in the Marine Corp I learned that most of the time the best way to work out my differences with others is to confront the issue, not the person, head on and get to the facts about the issue so I can understand why we disagree. The Bible shares some wisdom on this too:  Proverbs 27:17 says “Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.”

Donald Trump boldly and loudly leads the current National discussion by doing just that. Those in mass media and some of those who disagree with him have called him crass, rude, cruel, mean and even evil. While those of us who agree with him never condemn what he meant but are sometimes quick to condemn HOW he said it.

So, what if it was you! Ask yourself questions. Did I wake up today planning to be offended by someone or worst planning to offend someone? If so, then never mind, but I doubt you did. What if it is you who is standing there when a person says something you disagree with?

What do you do? Do you simply shut up and walk around all day to avoid those subjects that everyone is emotional about to keep from getting your feelings hurt? Do you avoid those subjects that everyone is afraid of?

Then you might be part of the problem.

If you wonder why Donald Trump is doing so well, it’s because people are talking and sharpening one another. On both sides of his issues, people are talking! If there is one thing I think we can all learn from Trump, it is sometimes you have to call a spade a spade, just to make people start talking!

When we do it, we talk, when we talk we understand, and we understand we won’t always agree, but we can find common ground with our understanding. Common ground is what our Nation is built on, and common ground unites those of us who disagree. It unites us because in our disagreement we can all agree that we are free to disagree and free to search for a compromise (as Trump might say “we can make a deal that is good for everyone”); we are free to disagree without attacking those we disagree with or being offended by those who don’t see things the same as we do.

It’s called RESPECT. Are you angry?  Can you see past that anger and try to understand why we disagree and respect everyone, learn something and compromise for everyone’s benefit?

When Iron is used to sharpen Iron, sometimes sparks fly, but in the end, IF we come at the problem from the right angle, we are both sharpened!

Are you part of the Super Majority? Who will you cooperate with?

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There is one word that is feared by some elites. Some politicians will go out of their way to stop you from doing this. Powerful activists and those who pay them fear this simple thing. We learned how to do this as children. We didn’t learn it in school, we learned it from our mothers and our fathers. It is called cooperation. Imagine what our country would be like if we all just got along?

Take a moment, pause, and think.  Think about what it would be like if we set aside our emotion. If we addressed our differences and asked ourselves what it is we need and what we want. What if we looked for common ground and ways to cooperate? I believe that nine out of ten Americans agree on three out of four issues. When we the people work together in good faith to find common ground we can solve any problem.

We don’t need our politicians telling us how to think because we can think for ourselves. If three out of four issues can be agreed upon by nine out of ten people we are a super majority with two-thirds of the vote. Let that sink in and think about why some elites, politicians, and activists fear our cooperation.

Allow me to present six simple issues that we will mostly agree on.

  1. Abortion is a choice according to our laws, BUT the government (our taxes) should not pay for it. We can hold our own view of its morality without interfering with each other’s rights. We discuss the issue without anger or malice. In the end, is God not the Judge of all things?
  2. Today, gay marriage is allowed by law, BUT no one should be forced to celebrate it and no preacher or man of God should be forced to perform a marriage that conflicts with their personally held beliefs. We can hold our own view of its morality without interfering with each others rights.
  3. Taxes should be higher for those who do not do their civic duty by creating meaningful opportunities for the people of our country, BUT we should help those in need without giving away our hard earned money to those who game the system.
  4. Companies should have the freedom to operate without government interference, BUT we should hold them to a higher standard and never give them special privileges and make sure they are doing the right thing.
  5. The environment is important and companies that impact the environment should be watched, BUT “global warming” should not be used to give the government more power.
  6. Violence is violence and guns are tools that can be used for violence, BUT law abiding citizens should not have their guns taken away because a few idiots use them for violence.  Criminals will always have guns.

In a nutshell, common ground is the enemy of the oppressor. When we deal in facts and truth with a mind for compromise we expose the lies that keep us apart.

Revelation 22:10-11
Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.  Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Romans 16:17-18
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

Three years away…

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About three years ago I hung it up.  I hung the blogging hat on the rack and set out to slow the moral decay of our nation.  Those of you who went along for the journey know all to well the personal cost of standing up for what you believe.

 Today I am dusting that hat off and putting it back on.  There is no need to dwell on the past but there are a few things worth mentioning.

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In 2013 the Boy Scouts of America lead by their senior leadership and paid executives stood as the last noble organization to hold their ground against the agenda to desensitize our children.  Today they have fallen, but hope still remains.

In 2014 a new organization was born and its future remains to be seen.  Will greed, power, money, and men consume it too; or will  God help good men stand their ground and deal with what may come in love and truth?  Only God really knows, and time can only tell.

In 2015 things for our family got personal as the social war attacked my daughter’s school, a battle won, a future still uncertain.

This year I AM BACK and ready to focus on the things that I love.  I love my Lord, the Christ, Truth and I love Talking (or writing…).  I hope you will join me for what looks to be an exciting year filled with many opportunities to share truth and the occasional laugh. This year will be easy to see truth. very easy to see indeed…

-Thomas Dillingham

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